Barchi emails students urging they vote this November
University President Robert L. Barchi sent out an email yesterday urging students to vote in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections. He said he wants to improve the trend from the 1-in-5, 18 to 24-year-olds who typically participate in midterms to something closer to turnout in presidential elections.
“One of the chief responsibilities of a public university is to produce engaged citizens — people who do not simply observe the world around them but actively work to make it better. A fundamental way for all of us to engage with the world is by participating in the political process. By voting,” Barchi said.
In this election cycle, every seat in the United States House of Representatives is up for re-election, and so are 33 U.S. Senate seats, including one here in New Jersey, according to the email.
“No matter what your political views, elections matter — this year and every year," Barchi said. "If you want a say in who composes government and makes the decisions that affect our lives, then you must vote.”
He said in order to vote, students must first register to vote as a U.S. citizen and be 18 years old by election day. Election day this year is Nov. 6. The deadline to register is Oct. 16, and residents can use their current address.
If students would like to vote on campus, they must register with their current campus address, Barchi said. And, students who have registered to vote in the past and have moved since can also submit a new registration by the deadline.
Completed voter registration forms can be dropped off at these locations until noon on Monday, Oct. 15:
Livingston: Livingston Student Center, New Student Orientation Office, 119
College Avenue: Rutgers Student Center, Office of the Vice Chancellor, 454A
Busch: Busch Student Center, Operations Office
Cook/Douglass: Eagleton Institute of Politics, 191 Ryders Lane
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